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Thursday, December 04, 2014

34 Is Gonna Be A Great Year

Since I last blogged, my birthday came and went. It was the best birthday ever and exactly what I hoped it would be.

My birthday fell on a Sunday this year, the first not-working-at-church-where-I-need-to-work Sunday/birthday I've had in a long time. We slept in, got Starbucks, got to sit together in church with family that was in town...


We ate delicious Mexican food for lunch where I was surrounded by fun family and our dear friends who are also family to us. We spent the rest of the day with those people and I had never felt so loved.

(And remember too that Kim sent the funds for our adoption from the Mug Swap that night too, just before we went to bed.)

It was a pretty amazing day. This is going to be my favorite year yet, I just know it.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

You Have A Blog?

Ugh, I hate when Bloggie goes defunct. I've even been asked recently, "oh you have a blog?" It's horrible. After my birthday, things got awesomely crazy and blogging hasn't quite been at the top of my priority list, despite wanting to keep up with it.

I especially feel awful because I never did an update after the Mug Swap, or a recap to link up of the amazing happy mail my new friend, Andrea, sent for the Mug Swap.


Andrea sent a homemade mug rug that I see every day sitting in the living room. It's really cute too, especially with the anchors on it. I've been way into anchors lately ("We have this hope, as an anchor for the soul...") and it was so timely of her! She sent one of my all-time favorite verses framed and so cute- we have it in the nursery on the bookcase. The mug she sent was the perfect turquoise color and so big that I can fit tons of coffee in it, which is perfect for me. Andrea also sent some incredibly delicious chocolate, the cutest little colandar, and some very fun local coffee. Everything was wrapped in such a lovely way, it felt like Christmas opening each individual item! Andrea chose everything so thoughtfully, it was really special to receive.

I especially love that the Mug Swap happens in August- it's like a month-long, nationwide (world-wide in some cases) party to celebrate! And party it up we did- remember how Kim had asked folks to donate to our adoption fund as a blessing to others? Well that was incredible. Humbling and overwhelming in the best possible ways. And then, you guys. You guys.

Almost $2500 came in for our adoption fund. $2500!

We were blown away, to put it mildly. We couldn't wrap our heads around it! And Kim was going to make me wait to find out the total until she announced it on IG, but instead she sent it the night before ON my birthday, as a final firework to end the day. It was amazing! We still are in shock that God led you all to give so generously. I love the IG community but wow! Thank you to everyone who envisioned the idea to give, who put it into practice, who gave, who posted and shared, who encouraged us in the meantime, who prayed for us. Just everyone- we thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Talk about loving others and living our faith!

I've missed posting and talking with y'all. Here's hoping I can do it more often and soon! Thank you for bearing with me until I can say hello again. Hello!


Saturday, August 09, 2014

Family Visit

We're having a blast with CC's parents here! We haven't seen this since Christmas, which for our family, is a bit longer than usual.

So far I'm still dealing with my hatred for poison ivy and all things itchy. I also massacred my big toe the other night stubbing it under the metal car seat (& more importantly ruined my cute pedicure!). Earlier tonight I was getting back into the car and banged my ear and head on the car door frame. If you've ever doubted proof of my clumsiness... well then you don't know me very well. HA!


Anyway, despite my frustration and discouragement with my klutzy self we're having such a great time! We've eaten lots, played cards...



...enjoyed each other and prayed for our future baby (to pray with the future grandparents is a lovely and special moment for sure).

I'm super stoked about the mug swap! I went shopping yesterday and found some things I think my muggy buddy will enjoy.


Today we all went to one of our bigger malls where all the good stores are and had a little fun. Doesn't this "senior" look so happy with her selfie?


For my birthday tomorrow, God gave me Autumn temps today and possibly tomorrow. In August. In the South. Inconceivable! Let's decorate the house for Fall! And in case you scoff...


...a Fall leaf if ever there was! Yippee!

Tonight we're relaxing and reading books, I Jamberryed up my nails to look cute for tomorrow (blue glitter sparkles!), and loving on this cute little face!


Looking forward to an extra fun day tomorrow when Dave & Merrill come over!

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

New Chalk Art

Today brought new chalk art and the in-laws to our home for their first time.



Overall a great day, minus the poison ivy I'm still dealing with after weeding last week. (Side note: I now want to burn up our yard and replace it all with AstroTurf.)

Tonight brought a deeeelicious dinner brought to yours truly by the Grillmaster himself.


The other day CC played hide-and-seek with our little four-year-old friend, Carly.




I love how clever Hubby was to 'hide' under the table! I am still laughing about it.

Monday, August 04, 2014

That Craig Does It Again!

Since we've moved into our house, we've discovered good things we weren't aware of, like under-cabinet lighting in a dark corner of the kitchen. We've also discovered the not-so-good things, like that our appliances may look nice, but they don't work very well.

Our dishwasher is super finicky. It will mostly clean but not everything. You have to check each dish or fork before putting it away to be sure it actually got clean. It won't do anything without rinse aid and it doesn't like tablet detergents, of which I had bought eight million on sale just before we moved in.

The other quite disheartening discovery is that our stove/oven are super slow and don't work well. The stove is really slow to heat up, won't work for canning (I discovered in the midst of attempting to can.), and just is a disappointment. The oven is pretty much the same, being not truly dependable and being slow to bake anything. Since I love to bake this has proven pretty tricky for me so far.

We've wanted new appliances but didn't want to fork out the money for them. That stuff is expensive, yo! Dishwashers especially, are ridiculously priced. We'll stick with our crummy dishwasher for now, but check this out!

AT&T sent us thank you money for switching to U-Verse (soooo much better than TWC), and Craig helped us sell our disappointing stove for full asking amount in ONE day! Holla!

This means with all that money put together, we were able to purchase a brand new, working stove! AND for even less than the money we got to buy it with! Go God!

So for now we have a gaping hole... two days before guests arrive... hours before friends come for a home-cooked dinner...

... but by tonight it'll be filled with a brand new, beautiful, working stove! We're so excited!

What should I bake first?!

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Happy 40!

Happy 40th anniversary to my in-laws!


They're amazing, Godly people who have loved me since before always. One of the very best examples of a loving marriage I've ever seen and will continue to see. They also brought life to my incredible husband who I am so happy God gave to me.

I love y'all bunches and can't wait to celebrate in person!

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Randomness

I thought I'd post another photo dump of what's been happening this Summer to get caught up.

Our neighbors officially welcomed us to the neighborhood and I missed it! I was super bummed but their M&M oatmeal cookies made it better. 
I won't say how many I ate.
My first baby shower has been planned. My dear friend, Jan, designed the invites. Isn't she amazing? I'm freaking out and excited at the same time that this shower I'm invited to IS FOR ME. Crazy!
Adorable!
We needed a date and we had an amazing time hitting up the local flea market. I got Coke crates I'd been dying for, and a Ball jar from the 1920s! Hubby got a transistor radio and an old radio that dates back to 1937! We're in love with all of it.
Pretty! Pretty!

When you're tired, you're tired.
I FINALLY finished my pallet art I've been working on for over six months. I'm ecstatically happy with it and I'm dying for Hubby to get it hung. He's going to put it in the kitchen where I will see this perfect reminder every day.

Hats don't like me even though I beg and plead for them to. I love them bunches, especially on days I haven't washed my hair and don't want to let the world know about it. It's such a rare occurrence that it must be documented. So consider it documented.
Look! It's a hat! On MY head!
This year I signed up to volunteer on the Snack team with Vacation Bible School (VBS). I figured I could help out, be around food all day, and see all my ex-coworker friends that I miss. Win-wins all around!
These two are some of my faves.
I made cupcakes this Summer. You're welcome.

Did my first 5k without CC there to cheer me on. I finished but that was about it. This was the photo I sent him while he was busy out of town working.
Please ignore the sunscreen sweat pouring off of me.

We have crazy friends. At least they don't hide it.
And then he came home from his work trip and my world was alright again.
Yep.

Front seat kisses
And back to our happy place!
I can't believe we live here!

Friday, August 01, 2014

It's Mug Swap Day!!

Today is the day I've had on the calendar all year! Truly second to Christmas and tied with my birthday. In fact I'm pretty sure this is the country's way of celebrating with me all month. 

Today is Mug Swap Day! 

Today is the day you can go to my dear friend, Kim's, blog to sign up to send and receive surprise happy mail (coffee or tea mugs)!

Because you NEED to sign up and you need to do it NOW. This year she's limited spots to only the first 500 super cool people. And when I say she had to 'limit it' I mean it. This grows bigger and bigger every year! It's amazing how much folks want to celebrate with us August girls (of which Kim is one)!

But you guys, I'm freaking out! This morning I woke up to a text from my twin sister (who I met through last year's mug swap) who told me to go read Kim's post NOW. Yes ma'am! (I was totally going to anyway because hello- it's the MUG SWAP!)

So I'm reading and reading about how this year's theme is about the giving not the receiving (SO on board with that!), all the awesome sponsors and giveaways, and then Kim says "SURPRISE!"

You guys! Everyone is being asked to donate to US! To our adoption fund! I'm freaking out! I have no words other than thank you.

I'm always in awe of the people I've met, the friendships I've made, the love and support and encouragement I see and receive and try to give, all which began through my 'double life' of social media. 

This though, this. We're overwhelmed, we're excited, we're so very grateful, but mostly we're amazed at how much our God loves us!

So go sign up to give some surprise happy mail! It's gonna be an August for the ages!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

We Ran Away

Today we ran away to the beach for the afternoon and it was glorious. We didn't really talk about the house or our future kid or any planning or financial things or work or anything. The weather was perfect and sunny, the traffic was light, and the waves were big.

Just what we needed!
Our beach view

Our lunch view at a dockside restaurant

Monday, July 28, 2014

Settling In, Continued

I've got so many photos I thought I'd split them up into more than just the one post.

Enjoy!
We love this silly girl!
Scout tried to paint the carpet with chalkboard paint. BLACK paint. Praise the Lord for Tide!
Hit up our favorite restaurant for ribs after IKEA
Hobby Lobby is my fave which makes it fortunate that it's so far away.
My first chalkboard wall!
Be still my heart
Canning
More canning... all day e'ery day

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Settling In

We've spent the past couple months settling in to our new home. We've still got some nesting type things to do but overall we're beginning to feel at home here. 

I still feel like we're staying temporarily in someone's rental home but we'll get there. Cleaning the entire house from top to bottom helped a lot! It took almost six hours which included baseboards, dusting, vacuuming, mopping, some windows, almost everything! 

Hubby's been SUPER busy at work, even traveling last week for a few days. I was so thrilled to have him home! I'm starting to realize I won't be going back to outside-the-house-with-income-work anytime soon which has probably been my biggest most surreal adjustment. 

Our social worker redid our home safety inspection which went well. She seemed to really like our house and we had a great time connecting with someone a part of our adoption process. 

Below are some random photos from the past several weeks...

I found a nest in one of our ferns in the front yard!
Our view when we come home. EVERY time.


'Tis the season for freshly picked blueberries and PIE!

I heart blueberry pie.

Our newest favorite happy place

Lots and lots of house projects... for Hubby

Always coffee. Always.

Sunshine and happiness

A 5k here and there...

And good friends!
...to be continued...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Chalkboard Wall Art

See what I did there?
I gotta say, I'm really enjoying my chalkboard wall. It makes a mess I have to clean after (being my clean-freak self), but I am loving the artistic side of myself having a voice again.

When I see my friends' chalk art on social media, I really have loved seeing them using it as a family reminder of what God's teaching or showing or promising. I want to try to use our chalk wall in the same positive way.

So the first time I used a Scripture passage that God's really been trying to hammer into me lately- waiting in expectation, which is where I feel like I am in life right now. This second time I used a song lyric that I NEED to have hammered home more. To let go of everything BUT GOD. Nothing else matters, except Him. I'm still working on that one.

We'll see what ends up on the board next, but I'm just as curious as you are what it'll be!

PS- My brother wrote at the tippy top that he and my SIL are praying for us. I may never erase it.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Laundry "Room"

As promised, below are the final photos of the laundry space in our hallway upstairs. I call it the laundry "room" but really it's just a part of the hallway.

Just to give you another visual, here's the pin on Pinterest I was going off of as inspiration.
The view from the other side of the hallway in the guest bedroom
The close-up view
The shelves were already in place, though I did repaint them and spruce them up. I also spray-painted the brackets holding the shelves a nickel color to give them that silvery finish. I did the same thing with the transition piece between the flooring and the hallway carpet. I painted the two wall colors (the Truly Turquoise color and the fresher white color below).

My awesome and super handy hubby added the chair rail, helped me lay the peel & stick "hardwood" tiles on the floor (We're in love! They're gorgeous! I wish you could actually see them!), and helped me with the tension rod for the coat hangers.
The bottom half of the space
Another view of the top half
The baskets came from IKEA and I will probably buy a couple more the next time we go to fill out more of the space. They do help with storage too! We keep light bulbs in one of them. Since the shelves were tricky to get back in, we do have some paint touch-ups to do, but I've done laundry several times here now and I can't ever tell.

One day when I'm dealing with spit-up and poopy clothes, at least the space I need to do the dreaded laundry chore won't be so dreary and depressing. Now it's super cute and I love to show it off!